Archive for August, 2008

The Sacrifice of the Mass continues, with more of this interesting textbook.

Chapter 2: The Essence of the Mass.


Alas, 70’s catechesis! I must read RCIA textbooks from the early 1900’s to supply your well-meant deficiencies!


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The Sacrifice of the Mass continues, with a very short chapter.

Chapter 1: The Doctrine of the Sacrifice of the Mass.


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The Story of a Soul continues, as Therese discusses the “dark night” of her soul, and how she learnt that her tuberculosis was becoming more severe.

Ch. 9A: The Night of the Soul.


Btw, I apologize for not posting during most of this week. I will try to be more timely.

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The Mysterious Affair at Styles continues, as Poirot sniffs and tastes dangerous stuff. Just like Mulder. Just like that guy on Due South. Just like chemistry students with insufficient regard for their own tastebuds.

Chapter 5: “It Isn’t Strychnine, Is It?”


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The Ring and the Book continues, as Pompilia tells what happened on her wedding day.

Book 7B


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The Banquet of the Ten Virgins continues, as we hang out with St. Thecla, famous virgin hermit/missionary who lived to be a geezerette, and was said to have been converted by St. Paul himself. (You can listen to an early Christian piece of historical fiction about her, “The Acts of St. Thecla”, here. And yes, apparently setting up as a hermit in the Greco-Roman world made the world beat a path to your door.)

Here, St. Methodius sets St. Thecla to talking a bit more about how virgins seek union with God in this world and gain foretastes of the next, as well as interpreting the ever-fascinating Book of Revelation. (I have to say, I love reading all the different things people come up with. You’ll love his interpretation of the Moon.) But I have to wonder how his “manly” talk went over, with the real life virgins. Hee! He means well, though.

Discourse 8A


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“Pandemic” concludes.

I must say, I’m proud of the author for finding one of modern society’s real shibboleths. In 1962 when he wrote this story, the ending would have been only mildly controversial — more funny than anything. But now? Oh, just imagine if any school or college put this story on their reading list. Heads would explode!

So somebody should definitely re-use and update this premise. It’s ripe for writing about.

Part 2


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“Pandemic” is by the same guy who wrote The Lani People, Jesse Bone. This is the sort of stuff doctors and vets dream about, I guess — dream gadgets and nightmare scenarios.

Part 1


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The Argonautica continues, as Jason and his merry band are entertained on Lemnos, the island without men.

Part 4.


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The Story of a Soul continues, as Therese faces an epidemic and her father’s death, along with everyday challenges.

Chapter 8B


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The Story of a Soul continues, as Sister Therese makes her profession and takes the veil, and the founder of the Lisieux Carmel convent dies.

Chapter 8: Profession of Soeur Therese.


PS — You’ll notice that Therese says she’s been spiritually dry pretty much all the time since her profession, at the beginning of this chapter, and that God’s presence is hidden from her, as it was for Mother Teresa and many other saints. She’s very perky about it; but that’s what she’s saying.

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I’m starting a new project this week — or rather, I’m letting you in on a book I’ve been reading for my own use. The Sacrifice of the Mass is a sort of RCIA textbook on the Mass, published in 1906 in the UK.

Obviously it doesn’t include the small changes which created the 1962 Mass (used today as the Extraordinary Form of the Latin Rite), and much less does it deal with the Ordinary Form instituted after Vatican II. But I think it’s very useful, both in itself and as a sort of supplement to more modern books about the Mass.

In a shocking break from custom, this introductory chapter actually includes factual material of interest!

Introductory Chapter


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The Mysterious Affair at Styles continues, as Poirot investigates Mrs. Inglethorp’s office and interviews some of the servants.

Chapter 4B


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The Mysterious Affair at Styles continues, as Hastings brings Poirot to the murder scene.

Chapter 4: Poirot Investigates.


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The Mysterious Affair at Styles detail page at archive.org is temporarily inaccessible to me, thanks to the mysterious workings of archive.org. I will post Chapter 4 when I can get into it once more.

Don’t worry. This happens every so often with a good chunk of my books. They usually show up again pretty quickly.

In the meantime, you might want to check out Librivox. This week, they released Burroughs’ Pellucidar, a lost world story; Kipling’s The Jungle Book; Gruelle’s The Raggedy Andy Stories (of course the books came first!); Hudson’s tragic South American romance novel, Green Mansions; and a short pro-family novel, Kathleen Norris’ Mother.

(Two years ago, I read “What Happened to Alanna” by Norris, a Catholic Californian author from earlier in the twentieth century, and I’ve got links to her interesting life in that post. Her brother-in-law was Frank Norris, of McTeague and The Octopus fame, and she apparently knew or was related to, everybody.)

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